Tamika Mallory Says Pilot Unfairly Kicked Her Off Flight
Tamika Mallory is livid with her recent experience on an American Airlines domestic flight. The well-known activist, who is also co-chair of Women’s March on Washington, says she was attempting to fly out of Miami, when she removed from her flight, after a pilot inserted himself into a dispute that she had over a seat assignment.
Mallory claims a pilot followed her to reprimand her over an argument she had with a gate agent. She says,
It definitely was white male aggression. I was singled out, I was disrespected, and he was trying to intimidate me. I was discriminated against.
According to the story that she recounted on social media, when she arrived at Miami International Airport, she used an airport kiosk to change from a middle to an aisle seat. When she checked in at the gate, she was issued a new ticket that put her back in the middle seat. She says that she attempted to have a conversation with the agent and said the employee’s response was “nasty” and “disrespectful.”
Mallory says a pilot who had overheard the end of the exchange stopped her, telling her that the airline agent had “nothing to do” with her seat getting changed and that she was the one who behaved disrespectfully.
Then he said to me, ‘Can you get on this flight? Are you going to be a problem on this flight?’
No, I’m not. Actually, I’m fine. But I will write my complaint down. He looked at me and said, ‘You’re going to get yourself a one-way ticket off this plane.’
Mallory was allowed onto the flight and settled into her middle seat, but an announcement requested that she come to the front of the plane. When she got there, she said the pilot pointed at her and said,
I began to express my outrage. Then I asked why I was being removed. I asked why was this happening to me. I told him I felt completely disrespected. I began to weep.
No one offered an explanation, but the cops soon arrived and she left the plane. A rep arrived to rebook her on a flight Sunday evening — but still never explained why she was removed from the flight.
See her tweets below.